With this week comes two important deadlines in the MLB world. After the deadline to protect rule 5 eligible minor league players by adding them to the 40-man roster on Tuesday, the deadline to tender contracts to arbitration eligible players follows on Friday.
The Milwaukee Brewers have some big decisions to make at the first deadline as they have some rule 5 eligible prospects that they can't risk losing in the draft. The same goes for the second one as over a quarter of their 40-man roster falls into that category.
11 Brewers players are currently eligible for raises in arbitration for the 2024 season. That number was originally at 12 before Eric Lauer fell off of it when he was placed on waivers and then subsequently outrighted to the minors. He has since elected free agency.
The arbitration projections for those 11 Brewers players range from exorbitant contracts for starting pitchers in their final year before free agency to first time arbitration eligible players who will receive mild raises over their previous MLB minimum contracts. Players from that group who are not tendered a contract by Friday will become free agents.
For a majority of those players, it will arguably be a no brainer to tender them contracts by Friday's deadline. That's either because they are receiving a minimal raise that doesn't impact the payroll that much or because they are just too important to the team to let walk.
A few other Brewers players, however, have more uncertainty when it comes to their future after the non-tender deadline. Here we'll take a look at four such players who are most likely to be non-tendered, thus ending their currently tenure in Milwaukee.